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Fan Theories About 'Stranger Things' Season 4

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Stranger Things 3 premiered on July 4, 2019, and the children of Hawkins were once again tasked with saving their small town from a disturbing new enemy. Netflix announced that 40 million people streamed the show in the first four days of its release, breaking records and cementing Stranger Things as a bona fide pop culture phenomenon. People are so obsessed with the show that they've already been forming predictions and fan theories for Stranger Things 4.

The latest season ends on a lot of bleak notes. Hopper's demise, Billy's sacrifice, and the loss of El's powers are all huge bombshells that will have massive repercussions in the next season. What will happen next to our already weary and traumatized team of heroes? These Stranger Things 4 fan theorists think they have the answers. For more shows to theorize and obsess over, make sure you also check out this list of shows like Stranger Things.

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    El Lost Her Powers Because Of The Mind Flayer's Bite

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    In the season finale, El loses all of her supernatural powers. Redditor /u/JediSabre believes the bite El sustains from the Mind Flayer's monster is directly responsible for the loss of her powers, and that it has something to do with all of its human puppets eating chemicals.

    Throughout the season, we see that the people who become part of the Mind Flayer's hive mind are driven to consume large amounts of toxic chemicals. The theorist thinks the Mind Flayer is doing this to create a specific cocktail that can suppress or even erase El's abilities at a chemical level. This "venom" is then absorbed into the meat-monster and injected into El when it bites her.

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    Movies Released In 1986 Will Heavily Influence The Plot

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    This theory from Redditor /u/JediSabre points out that '80s pop culture often has big impacts on the plot. Stranger Things 3 takes place in 1985 and has numerous references to films released in that year, and the theorist believes the movies of 1986 will play a similar role in Stranger Things 4. The theorist names Aliens, The Fly, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off as three movies that will likely influence the plot in a big way.

    For Aliens, it might be that the next season's monster is like the Alien Queen. It can spawn smaller minions, but the ultimate fight will be against the queen herself. The Fly is essentially about the perils of teleportation. Since a lot of the cast are separated at the end of the season, it's possible that teleportation might play a bigger role than it already has in the show. As for Ferris Bueller, the kids are getting older and having more freedom. Mike could emulate Ferris by blowing off his responsibilities to travel to where El is living now.

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    'The American' Is Dr. Brenner, And He's Working With The Russians

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    The Season 4 teaser at the end shows what appears to be a Russian military facility in Kamchatka, Russia. As security officials select an inmate to feed to the demogorgon, they explicitly make note not to take "The American." This line has inspired a lot of theories, but Redditor /u/nomorestringsonyou thinks the American is none other than Dr. Brenner.

    In Season 1, we learn that Brenner created Eleven and led the team that first tore into the Upside Down. This theory suggests that Brenner survived his run-in with the demogorgon and was subsequently picked up by Russian assets. This theorist believes Brenner was forced to help the Russians invade Hawkins in Season 3 so that they could reopen the portal to the Upside Down and subsequently blame the Americans for unleashing a hellish apocalypse on the world.


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    'The American' Is One Of El's Psychic Siblings From Season 2

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    A lot of theories about "The American" name Hopper and Brenner as the primary suspects, but Redditor /u/skeletonabbey has a unique take on this theory. They believe that the American is one of the psychic runaways that El meets in Season 2.

    The argument is that the Russians don't seem to be able to open their own portals, and the Americans only managed it because of El. At the end of the season, however, the Russians are shown to have a demogorgon in their possession. This must mean that they've somehow managed to open the gate to the Upside Down in Russia - but they would need someone with psychic powers in order to do so. It makes sense, then, to assume that the Russians have somehow abducted one of the psychic runaways and forced them to open a portal in Russia. According to this theorist, this is the American we hear about at the end of Stranger Things 3.


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